It’s Our 26th Wedding Anniversary …

15 04 2015

… and if I wasn’t gay, we might still be together!

That story and much more as my life v2.0 continues to evolve in the the newest Kirk Cast. 

Hopefully it’ll be worth five minutes of your life?

The shows are getting better, but keep in mind they are put together with a $200 camera, a five year old computer and a green cloth.

Here is a look at my ‘studio’;

15 4-15 KC Studio

Thanks for taking a look at this post I hope to hear from you … enjoy the day in your life’s journey!

What are you waiting for? Click it to be one of the first 1,000!

Tell a friend about Clyatt.net … outside of ‘has been pronounced dead, most all other publicity is good news 🙂





There Have Been Worse … March 26th NewsBlues Story

26 03 2015

Too poor to subscribe, so my thanks to the editor for sending me the full story, below it is my reply. The story has links, there are also videos and more of this TV tale in the next few blog posts. The link to where this story is from; http://www.NewsBlues.com
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WHAT COULD GO WRONG?

[] Kirk Clyatt’s wild career ride continues.

The high-strung former Philadelphia (WPHL-17-MyTV) and Baltimore (WBFF-45-Fox) weather guesser, who was fired from crappy little WHSV-3-ABC in Harrisonburg, VA (Market #178) in 2010, found work four years ago at WHP-21-CBS in Harrisburg (Market #45). Last August, he was fired from WHP, he says, for requesting a reduction in hours so he could spend time working in radio.

He landed, almost immediately, as a weekend meteorologist at Waterman’s WVIR-29-NBC in Charlottesville, VA (Market #183). Yes, the pricklyWaterman Broadcasting Corporation…and openly gay, mercurial, highly opinionated Kirk Clyatt…what could possibly go wrong, right?

In February, Clyatt went before the Charlottesville City Council to speak briefly in opposition to Lee Jackson Day, a Civil War-era holiday that falls a week before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

[] “I didn’t really think much about it,” said Clyatt. But a few days later, he got a letter from News Director David Foky saying that his comments had been highly controversial. Foky wantedClyatt’s assurance that he wouldn’t speak out on the subject again.

Clyatt refused, so Waterman fired him. Clyatt says the station violated his rights as an American citizen to speak freely. “I was shocked by their reaction,” he said. “To gag myself as a weatherman, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to bring you TV weather, it’s just a point where I have to say, it’s just too much to ask. Just…too…much…to…ask.”

On Monday, March 16, Clyatt went back before the Charlottesville City Council and publicly “came out as a gay man.” He described the actions of Waterman as “unethical and possibly illegal” and said the “Civil War is not yet over, especially here in Virginia.”

Bottom line: Kirk Clyatt…talented, troubled Kirk Clyatt…is once again living in his car. If you can spare 30 minutes of your life, here is his video explanation of it all.

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In the ballpark, but the story needs some corrections … my reply to NewsBlues;

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Ahh not too bad, considering, but I’m not living in my car again … yet … I know there is a lot of minutia with this story. The car was in the future tense … I’m OK for a month or two, well see how hard they fight me trying to get unemployment and how much I’m eligible for when I apply?

As WVIR told me, “I’ll never work again.” … Oh well.

Also it was not speaking again just about Lee-Jackson Day, but about ANY issue even though I was a weatherman, I was not working in a news reporting capacity at WVIR.

I was strictly forbidden to say anything about Climate Change, since it was weather related … too controversial. I did follow that edict … but Lee-Jackson Day? Hopefully the blog explains some of my motivations?

L-J Day is the Friday before MLK day … its a unique four day winter weekend in VA.

When you have time dig deeper into the blogworking to get it all converted to a more user friendly web site ASAP, I know its now a little all over the place.

What no mention of the WVIR hypocrisy and Churchill giving the finger?

Community support has been amazing, attached is a sign one of my supporters suggest I start using, maybe? … I’ll try to have some of the comments I have received posted ASAP.

protestsign

Love the word … mercurial. I may have appeared that way at times, but I’m really not. For so much of my life I felt I had to show a different side to the world than the person I really was … for better or for worse that has now changed and I feel better for it.

If I had had more courage 20 years ago … I wouldn’t have appeared to be so mercurial and would of had a better life, different challenges, but I know better. Maybe some of today’s young gay TV talent can learn from my experiences?

Happy, more or less, to answer any other questions you have … thanks for sending the copy.

To end; does ‘troubled’ necessarily mean unhappy or unproductive? Wasn’t Abraham Lincoln a ‘troubled’ man?

For now enjoying this unmapped highway … and thankful I have a better car, hopefully we can continue to enjoy the journey together?

Oh and the video is only 23 minutes, plus it’s real life TV News drama, the Butterfly Effect in full force 😉





Aftermath Of Being A Responsible Citizen? … You’re Fired!

22 03 2015

My statement to Charlottesville City Council on Monday, March 16th, 2015

Here is the audio version;

Kirk Clyatt – Charlottesville City Council – March 16, 2015

Link to the video, my appearance is at ~25 minutes into the meeting;

Video Charlottesville City Council – March 16, 2015

This is the transcript;

Mayor: Kirk, Kirk Clyatt?

Clyatt: Clyatt, that’s right thank you Mister Mayor and Council, my name is Kirk Clyatt, 208 Meade Avenue and I’m going to talk about what happened after I was here last time.

In 1968 I remember as a small boy, nine years old, the impact of Walter Cronkite’s words in changing America after his trip to Vietnam.

Well unfortunately that can’t happen anymore; I have learned the hard way after having the audacity to speak before this council as TV weatherman about the Civil War and Lee-Jackson Day, that act of civic responsibility, has cost me my job and I have never been prouder to be fired.

I was told by NBC29 management that by coming here tonight, that I would make a fool out of myself and I never work again and by innuendo it was inferred that they would make it hard for me to get unemployment compensation.

Well I say to this council there are things that more important than TV weather.

I’ve prepared a packet; here is one if you’d like to take a look at it. I’ll be emailing them to you individually and I’ve got an extra here if you’d like.

In case you don’t remember I was here on February 2nd, I’ve also included in the packet a little background on why this is an important issue to me.

I came to Charlottesville because I viewed this as a progressive community and NBC29 seemed to fit into this community.

The company handbook even stated;

“It is policy to allow and support ALL employees to participate in civic, political, charitable or other community activities of the employee’s choosing.”

Then on February 3rd, even though there were no complaints about my actions, I get an email that states in part;

No testifying before a public body on personal opinions.

Now I certainly understand not taking a public position on stories that you are actively covering, but I wasn’t covering this as a story … I was a weatherman.

Then on February 6th I received a letter that directly contradicted what was said in the employee handbook.

This is amazing to me because the station knew when they hired me that my side job is a USA news commentator with politically tinged commentaries for radio stations in Australia, including some of the major cities, for the past 13 years.

To obey this letter, as a gay man … and I have to wonder as a side bar if that is part of this, as I had planned to soon publicly come out … well I guess my coming out is to this council and to this meeting tonight.

(Applause)

Thank you.

I didn’t expect applause, but I appreciate that.

You know I would not be allowed to take a position whether it was OK for me to be discriminated against.

Would I be allowed to write a Facebook commentary on the tragic suicide of Leelah Alcorn the 17-year-old transgender girl you may remember last December in Ohio that brought me more than a few tears?

There is also the issue of religion;

I was told if I had said the exact same things that I said to you in a place of worship that would be fine, but to me coming here had such an impact that it rises to the level of freedom of religious expression, so much so that I have registered the website after this happened ChruchOfTheCitizen.org.

I consider the actions by NBC as unethical and possibly illegal.

I’ll be in touch with you independently about how maybe this council can help me?

And it just goes to show unfortunately in too many ways the Civil War is not yet over, especially here in Virginia.

Mayor: Thank You.

Clyatt: And I thank you for listening to me.

(Applause)

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It would seem hard to imagine, but the story is getting even stranger … more to come ASAP.

Thank you for reading … your comments are welcome.





… Really? Fired For Speaking To City Council About A Confederate Holiday?

19 03 2015

Sometimes you have to take a stand!

This is a condensed version of the podcast hour that was posted by WINA.

Kirk Clyatt on the Schilling Show – March 18, 2015

Please Note: If you came here via Clyatt.net or one of my other associated sites for the links to work you may have to Right Click on the link and Open In A New Tab … if you came directly from WordPress, clicking on the link should work OK … please let me know about any issues you have and thanks for joining me … more to come soon, it has been an overwhelming week!

My transcribed comments from February 2nd are in the next post.

Here is what it looked like, the photo is from the Daily Progress;

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I invite The Daily Progress and all other interested groups to cover what happened. If it can happen to me, could you be next? How much fear is too much fear in America? How many of our basic rights are we willing to give up for a paycheck?

If you’d like see what it looked like; here is the link;

Charlottesville City Council – February 2, 2015

I’m on at about an hour and forty-six minutes in.

If you’d just like to hear what I said that so upset NBC29;

http://bit.ly/2215KC

My thanks to the Schilling Show for inviting me to appear on Wednesday March 18th, I loved it, but one reason I hesitate to listen to myself is I catch mistakes, near the beginning I said, “I was hoping that fear would be contagious,” unfortunately it is. What my brain thought I said, “I was hoping the COURAGE would be contagious.”

It also says how far we’ve come that my public coming out, at city council on Monday March 16th was not brought up until ~16:00 minutes in, (the first link at the top of the post) but still could that have been a factor in what happened?

While we have come a long way with LGBT rights … there is still a long way we need to go!

Thank you so much for taking the time to listen, you’re support means so much to me … I have no idea where this road is going to lead, but so far this has been exciting and who knows it may be become more than only gossip and make a real difference.

Coming up ASAP, I’ll have the transcript from Monday’s meeting when I informed council of the aftermath of my February appearance. I’m getting comments from so many sources that I’ll try to also get some of them consolidated for your review.

What gives me so much hope is that there has not been one negative comment … yet. Thank you so much, your support helps keep me going down this road!

The future is unwritten.





NBC29, WVIR Charlottesville – It Is #37!

17 09 2014

Kirk Clyatt – NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News and Weather

My new bio; (click on the link above) will it be the final one on the list?

The old Johnny Cash song, “I’ve Been Everywhere” … was stuck in my head, so I’m trying to remember where I’ve been?

Some were freelance as short as a day, but to the best of my memory here is the list of the Radio/TV stations that I have worked for, the first time I’ve actually tried to do this, keep in mind that MANY of the stations have changed call signs (letters) and it is not exactly in chronological order;

WLMD – Laurel, Maryland
WITH – WDJQ – Baltimore, Maryland
WINX – Rockville, Maryland
WPRW – Manassas, Virginia
WLSC – Loris, South Carolina
WGMB – WINH – Georgetown, South Carolina
WKSC – Kershaw, South Carolina
WTGR – WKZQ – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
WSSC – Sumter, South Carolina
WHHY – Montgomery, Alabama
WQID – WVMI – Biloxi, Mississippi
KDON – Salinas, California
Laser Hot Hits – International Waters – The North Sea
KMST – Monterey, California
WJHG – Panama City, Florida
WFIE – Evansville, Indiana
WALA – Mobile, Alabama
WABB – Mobile, Alabama
WHOA – Montgomery, Alabama
WRBL – Columbus, Georgia
CNN – CNN International – Atlanta, Georgia
WEZB – Panama City, Florida
KPWB – Sacramento, California
KHTK – Sacramento, California
WNDU – South Bend, Indiana
WSJV – Elkhart, Indiana
KTBS – Shreveport, Louisiana
WBFF – WNUV – Baltimore, Maryland
WINK – Fort Myers, Florida
WBRE – Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
WCAU – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
WFTX – Fort Myers, Florida
WPHL – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
WHSV – Harrisonburg, Virginia
WPMT – York, Pennsylvania
WHP – WLYH – Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
WVIR – Charlottesville, Virginia

So if my count is right NBC29 is my 37th station … LOL, I wonder if anybody in broadcasting can top this list? Would anybody actually want to?

This list does not include my stations in Australia … I’ll only list the three I’m now regularly heard on, but there have been many more;

3AW – Melbourne, Victoria
6PR – Perth, Western Australia
4BC – Brisbane, Queensland

I am so grateful … just when I think I’m done, I get brought back for more! 

There is a song by Jana Stanfield that sums up what I ‘try’ to do … The Trick Is To Learn To Enjoy The Ride.





Thank You Harrisburg!

1 08 2014

Good-Bye Harrisburg

Amazingly my beautiful old house on 2nd Street is the longest single place that I have lived in my adult life, now over three and a half years.

Even on tough days it’s great to look at flowers in the yard … the nicest on the block and thanks to my landlords Dan Miller and his husband Carl Bechdel … I never had to do any of the work.

It was not my choice to end my employment at CBS21 and I didn’t have a chance to say good-bye. Under the management that brought me back to TV, I’m sure I’d still have the privilege to be in your television.

I’m indebted to Craig Hume, who is now News Director at KSNV in Las Vegas and to Holly Steuart who is now General Manager of WTVM in Columbus, Georgia … they are both excellent broadcasters and managers … it was a real pleasure to work for them here in Harrisburg and to be able to use them as references.

Unfortunately, for me at least, new ownership came to town in December of 2012, but for me it was history repeating, it was not only the same company, but some of the same people that after four years of loyal service at their flagship station in Baltimore ended my employment.

This time I lasted one year under the new ownership and management of CBS21 … working conditions deteriorated, the station often had me working extreme amounts of overtime, as my contract was drawing to close, I asked for some minor employment modifications, but no … the same company and people that terminated my employment in Baltimore … did it to me again.

How many people get fired from the same company … twice?

Oh, I could do a Kirk Wilson rant here … do you remember him? A great guy and a unique TV presence. I’ll save a longer rant for my book … for the first couple of months after CBS21 I was in recovery mode and I admit, as much as I love being on your television, it was nice not to be standing outside in 10º weather for two minutes of TV time.

Now is the time to move forward …

When I was young and beautiful and even crazier than I am now, it was amazing how quickly job offers would come … this time at 55, with a demo that some TV insiders and agents thought was ineffective, a ‘Bio Demo’,  http://bit.ly/Clyatt5  plus a TV culture now more than ever consumed by youth and beauty … it was a struggle, I was nervous.

I am so happy to say, that I have found a station that reminds me of the way the industry was when I started in broadcasting as a 16 year old kid in 1975!

The first story I ever read live on the air was about the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa … I still don’t think they have found him?

I’ll be working for a company that has three stations in only two markets … unlike the ~150 stations, with more the way, owned by my former employer of five years; four in Baltimore and one in Harrisburg.

The General Manager is the man who built the station and put it on the air in 1973, the News Director has been there for seven years and many members of the newsroom are very well established in the community.

It may be small market, but it is a amazing community, a station that plays big, is dominate in the region and I believe appreciates experience … along of course with youth and beauty!

For over two years I worked in the neighboring market … so I know the region well.

I’ll be handling all of the weekend weathercasts, with additional duties to be assigned, but it will be a base four day work week … yeah!

Harrisburg, I’ll always love you and the beautiful Susquehanna River only a short block away from my home, I’ll miss you very much. I’m so grateful for the time that I have had a chance to spend here and to be a small part of the lives of the viewers of CBS21, but I’m happy to report that my next move won’t be to Bethesda Mission … even though they are a great organization and do wonderful work, my son and I had a delicious Thanksgiving dinner with them last year … my next and maybe last TV move, will be to the home of three Presidents, including Thomas Jefferson and the university he founded.

Beginning on August 18th I am honored to say that I’ll be part of WVIR, NBC29 in Charlottesville, Virginia!

And if you miss me here in Central Pennsylvania all newscasts are streamed live at NBC29.com … I hope you’ll join me!

Thank you for taking the time to read this and for being a friend.

– From Harrisburg, Pennsylvania